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Google is Giving Away Free Internet to Those Who Need It Most

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Google is Giving Away Free Internet to Those Who Need It Most


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You may have heard that Google is disrupting the ultra-fast Internet market with its fiber service.


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Google Fiber Internet speeds can reach up to 1 Gbps, or nearly 100 times the average U.S. Internet speed.


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In markets where Fiber exists, competitors have either dropped their prices, matched Fiber’s speeds, or both.


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But recently, Google made another huge move with Fiber.


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The company said it will provide Internet service for free to people in public and affordable housing properties, in all of the cities where Fiber exists.


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And will do the same for every new city Google Fiber comes to in the future.


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The company is partnering with a White House initiative, called ConnectHome, to bring the Internet to people who need it the most.


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Google says that about 26% of households earning less than $30,000 per year don’t access the Internet…


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Compared to just 3% of adults with annual incomes over $75,000.


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But it’s not just about giving away free Internet.


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Google is also partnering with ConnectHome and community groups to teach people basic computer skills.


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And this isn’t the first time Google’s done this.


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The company already has a similar free Internet initiative and computer training program in Austin, TX.


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In that city, 90% of residents eligible for the free program signed up and more than 50% took the digital literacy class.


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And the company’s hoping it can bring that same success to other Google Fiber cities.


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Which means that not only is Google upending the Internet industry, but it’s also making sure it shrinks the digital divide at the same time.


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